Philadelphia and New York: M.A. Root; J.B. Lippincott; D. Appleton & Co, 1864.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 5" x7.5", pp xviii, 456, illustrated with engravings, portraits. Publisher's brown cloth, rebacked with original spine laid down. Some damage to title page, all else very good and sound. Hannavy: "At the height of his career in thr 1850s, Marcus Aurelius Root was one of America's preeminent dauguerreotypists....[He] was also one of the prolific and influential writers on photography of his era, contributing numerous articles on both the art and profession of photography to the journals of the period...The Camera and the Pencil remains a major source on the theory and practice of photography in America in the 19th century [and] includes the first history of American photography ever written."